[mythtv-users] Second Monitor
chris.hembrow at pixelseventy2.net
Mon Feb 6 18:59:21 UTC 2006
I think you're misunderstanding my requirements, I don't want 2
independent frontends. Let's start again:
I have a front end with 2 monitors attached. I want to be able to use
either monitor to control THE SAME mythfrontend. One of these monitors
is being driven by a really old, crappy 8mb pci graphics card, with no
hardware decoding. Because of this, I don't want tv/video outputting
to this screen, but I still want to be able to tell myth to play tv. I
realise this last is slightly redundant, but I have reasons.
basically, i'm planning on trying to turn the second monitor into a
small touchscreen, on the front of my case, and outputting video to
this would be pretty pointless. If it is not possible to disable
video/tv, then I'll have to come up with an alternative solution
On 2/6/06, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/6/06, Chris Hembrow <chris.hembrow at pixelseventy2.net> wrote:
> > On 2/6/06, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On 2/6/06, Chris Hembrow <chris.hembrow at pixelseventy2.net> wrote:
> > > > I don't want it to play video, because it is going to be driven by a
> > > > very low spec video card, in order to get smooth video playback I
> > > > would need a card with a hardware decoder. If I didn't have the
> > > > hardware decoder, then the cpu would be being used to play jerky
> > > > video.
> > > >
> > > > look at this case:
> > > > http://www.pcalchemy.com/product_info.php/pName/silverstone-lascala-sstlc18-wtouchscreen-black
> > > > this is the effect I am trying to replicate. it's a bit pointless
> > > > playing video on the front touchscreen, but a nice interface for just
> > > > setting things quickly.
> > > >
> > > > I just want the mythfrontend on the LCD to be a replication of the
> > > > main myth, so that you can use either easily. If I have a second X
> > > > session for music/scheduling only mythfrontend, then which session
> > > > does my remote control? a duplication means there are no issues with
> > > > confusing the missus when she's trying to work this.
> > > >
> > > > quite often I use the myth box to listen to music on headphones while
> > > > the missus watches soap (shock, horror, through the tv, not myth!!).
> > > > if i want to change to a different album, I have to get her to change
> > > > channel while I look for something else to listen to. All I want to do
> > > > is be able to change this, but not have to worry about which instance
> > > > of mythfrontend the remote is controlling etc...
> > > >
> > > > On 2/6/06, Brad Fuller <bradallenfuller at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > > > Chris Hembrow wrote:
> > > > > > A second X session would mean a second mythfrontend wouldn't it? I
> > > > > > don't want a separate instance of the front end, I want two cloned
> > > > > > monitors showing the same front-end, but only 1 of which will play
> > > > > > videos.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > This is for a similar idea to the silverstone case with the lcd
> > > > > > touchscreen on the front, but minus the touchscreen (initially)
> > > > > >
> > > > > I'm curious why you want them to be identical, but not play videos.
> > > > > You can play music and schedule on a second X session.
> > >
> > > I don't see why your against running a second X session for the LCD
> > > display with a customized menu system?
> > >
> > maybe i'm not understanding, but this is how i see it.
> > if i run a second X session, this will have it's own instance of
> > mythfrontend. when i use my remote, lirc will send the keypresses to
> > both of these instances, causing one of them to do unpredictable
> > things if the menu structures are not identical. also, which instance
> > of X (and therefore mythfrontend) would the keyboard control?
> Thats why I said use a second user, this user could have its own
> lircrc so that you could have one remote for the LCD and one for the
> TV. Then you could use the LCD as an independent frontend. The
> keyboard would control whichever frontend was lodaded from the
> console, you could have the frontend on the LCD automatically load as
> an independent session.
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